Key COVID-19 numbers in the Ottawa area today

Ottawa's wastewater average is stable at a very high level. Its COVID-19 hospitalizations return to where they were in mid-February. There are some positive wastewater signs in the Kingston area. One more COVID death reported in Hastings Prince Edward. Today's Ottawa...

Youth mental health organization needs volunteers to meet demand

More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, one youth mental health organization is seeing no signs that the demand for their support will slow down — and they say they need more help themselves.Kids Help Phone has about 1,600 volunteers...

Bird flu in Ottawa, Kingston and western Ontario has farmers, wildlife watchers on alert

Farmers and wildlife watchers are on guard after some poultry flocks and wild birds — including a Canada goose in Ottawa and a redhead duck in Kingston, Ont. — recently tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu. Canada has seen a limited number of...

COVID fatigue, public health messaging may be to blame for low 3rd dose uptake

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen across Ontario, some say public health officials failed to stress the importance of third doses.Only 47.3 per cent of people have received a third dose, according to Public Health Ontario data up to Feb. 27. That's compared...

Early physical activity helps children after concussions, study finds

New research from Ottawa's pediatric hospital could have significant implications for older children suffering from a concussion as it encourages physical activity within days of a brain injury.The study from the CHEO Research Institute, which included 450 participants ages 10 to...

They took every precaution, but COVID-19 caught up with them

In retrospect, the Omicron variant came at the worst possible time.School was in session, the vaccine booster campaign was ramping up and the Christmas break was approaching. For many, there was reason to hope that, after nearly two years of...

Kingston, Ont., has a profound doctor shortage. Here’s why

This story is part of CBC's new pop-up bureau in Kingston, Ont. If we should know about something happening in the area, send us an email.Mark Richardson and his husband have been on the wait-list for a family doctor since 2019. ...

Symptomatic Ottawa hospital workers with COVID-19 may be asked to work in staffing crisis

Ottawa's largest hospitals say they may call in symptomatic health-care workers with COVID-19 to work should their staffing crisis become dire — a policy move that hospitals across the continent are making amid the Omicron surge, say experts.An internal document by The Ottawa Hospital dated...

Babies admitted to hospital with COVID-19 had unvaccinated mothers, CHEO says

Pediatric hospitals across Ontario are urging pregnant people to get vaccinated because they're seeing an increase in infants hospitalized with COVID-19. Since mid-December, CHEO, eastern Ontario's children's hospital in Ottawa, and Hamilton's McMaster Children's Hospital have admitted a total of six...

Ottawa COVID-19 testing sites can’t keep up with demand, new rules expected

The Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce says new guidance for COVID-19 testing, which will prioritize vulnerable populations and essential workers, will be here soon. The anticipated update comes as public health officials in Ottawa say they're dealing with high demand for COVID-19 tests due to soaring case counts...
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